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  • Provenance

    Sies + Höke Galerie, Düsseldorf

  • Catalogue Essay

    Berlin has attracted increased attention as a mecca for young artists and a site of significant artistic production, and Jonathan Meese has emerged as that scene’s reigning bad boy. Far from playing the role of the self-indulgent enfant terrible, however, Meese’s reputation stems from his status as a self-proclaimed cultural exorcist, an artist-prophet with little choice but to allow his energy and vision to be a vessel for an artistic force greater than himself. Since attending the Hochschule für bildende Künste in Hamburg, Meese has exploded into public consciousness with a flurry of paintings, sculptures, installations and performances, producing terrifying visions of the future with the help of his voracious appetite for cultural iconography and a viscerally primitive style reminiscent of De Kooning and Jean-Michel Basquiat.
     
    “The dictatorship in art is the only possible anti-nostalgic world view for the future. Art is not religion, but every religion is art. The usurpation of power by ‘that thing called art’ is the only solution. Sorry.”
     
    (Jonathan Meese, in H. W. Holzwarth, Art Now, Vol. 3, Cologne, 2008, p. 314)

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PSSST, diese geile BIENENKÖNIGINNIN schenkt sich den Melonenfischi zum Geburtstag, DU LECKERMÄULCHEN "Rendamez"

2007
Mixed media on canvas in three parts.
210 × 420 cm (82 3/4 × 165 1/2 in).
Signed, titled and dated ‘J Meese 07 PSSST, diese geile BIENENKÖNIGINNIN schenkt sich den Melonenfischi zum Geburtstag, DU LECKERMÄULCHEN "Rendamez"' on the reverse of each panel.

Estimate
£60,000 - 80,000 

Sold for £52,850

Contemporary Art Evening

12 Feb 2010
London